Person:Stephen Sweeney (3)

Stephen Michael Sweeney
m. 2 Jun 1879
  1. Mary Jane Sweeney1882 - 1957
  2. Margaret Sweeney1887 - 1960
  3. Stephen Michael Sweeney1889 - 1966
  4. Catherine Eliza Sweeney1891 - 1894
m. 17 Sep 1918
Facts and Events
Name Stephen Michael Sweeney
Gender Male
Birth[1] 11 Aug 1889 Paddington, London, England34 Hampden Street
Census[2] 5 Apr 1891 Paddington, London, England2 Alfred Street
Census[3] 31 Mar 1901 Oban, Argyll, ScotlandCraigavaar
Census[4] 5 Apr 1911 Paddington, London, England87 Sutherland Avenue
Marriage 17 Sep 1918 Farnborough, Hampshire, EnglandOur Lady Help of Christians
to Edith Dorothy Higgins
Death[5][6] 27 Jan 1966 West Twyford, Middlesex, EnglandTwyford Abbey

Stephen Sweeney was born on 11th August 1889 at 34 Hampden Street in the Paddington area of London. He was the son of Margaret Sweeney, formerly Rice, and her husband Stephen Sweeney, a carpenter. Young Stephen was the third of four children, but his younger sister Catherine died when she was only three years old, leaving Stephen effectively the youngest, with two older sisters, Mary and Margaret (Daisy).

In 1895, when Stephen was only six years old, his father died. Stephen's grandfather, James Rice, came down from Scotland to live with his widowed daughter and her family. Family tradition has it that James Rice's employer had been the Marquis of Bute, who supported the family. This cannot be proven, but it does seem the family managed to live relatively comfortably, beyond what might be expected. One example is that Stephen was sent to boarding school at Oban in Scotland, where he appears in the 1901 census.

Stephen returned to London, where in 1905 he started working for the Great Western Railway as a clerk in the goods department at Paddington station. His initial salary was £20, rising over the next three years to £50, a relatively comfortable salary for the time.

From at least 1910 to 1915 Stephen's mother and sisters ran a boarding house at 87 Sutherland Avenue in Paddington, which was a large town house in a fairly well regarded area. Stephen appears there in the 1911 census. One of the boarders also staying in the house on census night was Dora Higgins from Walthamstow. Towards the end of the First World War, Stephen and Dora (which was short for Edith Dorothy) were married at Farnborough in Kent. By this time Stephen's family had moved to 5 Peploe Road in the Kensal Rise area of London, which was administratively part of Willesden.

Stephen and Dora had one daughter, Margaret Mary, in 1920. Dora died in 1954 in the Reading area. Stephen outlived her by just over eleven years and died at Twyford Abbey in Ealing on 27th January 1966, aged 76. His address immediately before his death had been Flat 2, 69 Marlborough Place, in the St John's Wood area of London. He left an estate of over £10,000, which was administered by his daughter.

  1. Birth certificate, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office), Primary quality.

    Registration District: Paddington
    Sub-registration district: St Mary Paddington
    No. 141
    When and where born: 11 Aug 1889, 34 Hampden Street
    Name: Stephen
    Sex: boy
    Father: Stephen Sweeney, Carpenter (journeyman)
    Mother: Margaret Sweeney formerly Rice
    Informant: M. Sweeney, Mother, 34 Hampden Street

  2. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 12 General Register Office: 1891 Census Schedules, Class RG12; Piece 1; Folio 48; Page 20, 5 Apr 1891, Primary quality.

    Address: 2 Alfred Road, Paddington, London
    5 or more rooms occupied
    Stephen Sweeney, head, married, male, 36 [1854/5], Joiner, employed, b. Scotland
    Margaret Sweeney, wife, married, female, 38 [1852/3], b. Scotland
    Mary J. Sweeney, daughter, female, 8 [1882/3], b. Brixton, London
    Margaret Sweeney, daughter, female, 3 [1887/8], b. Paddington, London
    Stephen Sweeney, son, male, 1 [1889/90], b. Paddington, London

  3. General Register Office for Scotland. 1901 Scotland Census. (Edinburgh), 523/00 002/00 018, 31 Mar 1901, Primary quality.

    Address: Craigavaar, Oban, Kilmore & Kilbride, Argyll
    [house headed by three nuns, with many boarders who were 7-14 year old boys, including:]
    Stephen Sweeney, boarder, male, 11 [1889/90], Scholar, b. England

  4. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 14 General Register Office: 1911 Census Schedules, Class RG14; Piece 36; Schedule 87, 2 Apr 1911, Primary quality.

    Class RG14; Piece 36; Schedule 87
    Address: 87 Sutherland Avenue, Paddington, London
    Ten rooms occupied
    Margaret Sweeney, head, female, 58 [1852/3], widow, Boarding house keeper, employer, b. Whithorn, Wigtownshire
    Mary Sweeney, daughter, female, 28 [1882/3], single, Assistant to above, b. Brixton, London
    Margaret Sweeney, daughter, female, 23 [1887/8], single, Assistant to above, b. Paddington, London
    Stephen Sweeney, son, male, 21 [1889/90], single, Railway clerk, worker, b. Paddington, London
    Bride Connolly, boarder, female, 30 [1880/1], single, Elementary school teacher - L.C.C., worker, b. Moher, Roscommon
    Dora Higgins, boarder, female, 22 [1888/9], single, Elementary school teacher - L.C.C., worker, b. Walthamstow, London
    Bryan G. O'Donnell, boarder, male, 21 [1889/90], single, Insurance clerk, worker, b. Kilmallock, Limerick
    Mary Phippen, visitor, female, 50 [1860/1], widow, Housekeeper (domestic), b. Whithorn, Wigtownshire

  5. Deaths index, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office), Primary quality.

    d. Stephen M. SWEENEY, March Quarter 1966, Ealing Registration District, Vol. 5b, page 41, aged 76 [1889/90]

  6. Principal Probate Registry. National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations),1858 onwards. (London: Probate Service), Primary quality.

    SWEENEY Stephen Michael of Flat 2 69 Marlborough Place London N.W.8 died 27 January 1966 at Twyford Abbey Ealing London Administration London 27 April to Margaret Mary Sweeney spinster £10 201.

  7.   UK. Railway Employment Records, 1833-1956, Primary quality.

    Name: Sweeney, Stephen
    Date of birth: 1889 Aug 11
    Entered the Service: 1905 Mar 9
    Department: Goods
    Station: Paddington
    Commencing Salary: £20
    Increased Salary, and Date of its Commencement:
    1906 9 Mch: £30
    1907 9 Mch: £40
    1908 9 Mch: £50